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Thanks for sticking with me

Regular Teaching My Baby to Read readers, I wanted to say THANK YOU for sticking with me through my whole crazy MyPlate on My Budget experiment.  This month my blog is veering almost completely off topic, but that doesn’t mean I’ve dropped the ball on Afterschooling.

Here’s what we have been up to:

Painting North America (Jenna 3.5)

Jenna has been really fascinated by maps recently.  That’s because she goes to Montessori preschool, and geography is a big part of the curriculum.  At home she’s been asking to “paint North America” with her watercolors.

I’m a horrible artist, but I try to oblige.  So I use a pen to draw out America, and then Jenna fills in Mexico, Canada, and the oceans.

This is definitely one of those ideas that make me go “Duh!  Why didn’t I think of this earlier?”

TAG (Jenna 3.5)

Jenna got a Leap Frog Tag for Christmas.  It’s just okay.  If you have grandparents who really want to buy something, then go for it.  If you’re spending your own money, I’d pass.

But the TAG system is really good for one thing.  When I’m making dinner, Jenna can occupy herself reading books.  That’s pretty sweet.

Reading and Math Games (Jenna 3.5)

I’ll save myself some time by referring to my earlier PreReading and Right Start Level A posts, but suffice to say Jenna and I are still doing this.  I shoot for two lessons a week.

Floating Math Books (Bruce 7.5)

Bruce is really obsessed with the geometry at the moment.   I came across this notebook paper the other day and thought “Thank you Basher Books!”   The Basher Algebra and Geometry book has really sparked his curiousity.

The interesting thing about the Basher books is that they floated around the house for about six months before they caught my son’s interest.  For a while there, I really thought I had wasted my money. But then Bruce started begging us for more, harder math books.

So I bought him the Art of Problem Solving Prealgebra book.  He has been reading it for fun.  Yes, that’s weird!

School keeps him so busy that we haven’t had time to work through the book yet, but I know that time is coming (probably starting in summer).

Vi’s “Doodling in Math Class” videos (Bruce 7.5)

I feel very lucky that my family is able to afford random math books floating around our house.  I realize that not everyone is able to do that.  So I’m ending this post with some free math inspiration that Bruce has also been intrigued with lately.

Vi Hart’s “Doodling in Math Class” videos are totally awesome and available for free online.  I’m sharing the one we watched last night.  This morning, I found Bruce’s own math doodles in his room. (I just didn’t have time to scan it.)

So see?  It’s not all insane budgeting and Choose MyPlate obsessions around here.  My kids have usual interests too.  😉


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